First Look – Fairline Targa 63 GTO

It’s the Monday morning before the 2017 Cannes Boat Show and we are in Port de la Napoule, about five miles west of Cannes.

The bright sunlight of a late summer morning gives the water, undisturbed by breeze, a mercury-like shimmer and strokes of cloud hang in the sky like they’ve been gently daubed on to the blue canvas with the tip of a paintbrush.

We make our way down the fuel pontoon and there it is – the Fairline Targa 63 GTO.

A year ago to the week Fairline announced that it would launch a 65ft Targa in conjunction with Alberto Mancini and Vripack in time for this year’s show.

Back then, the Targa 63 was no more then an outline sketched from Mancini’s pencil and now we are standing amongst the fuel pumps look up at the real thing in metal, glass and GRP. Article continues below…

Twelve months of incredibly hard work at the factory have produced the new flagship of the Targa range and the first boat designed from scratch by the new Fairline.

So often the promise of the initial design is lost in translation from paper to production but it’s not the case with the Targa.

It has the sweeping roofline of the original sketches and 3D renderings and the huge arching saloon windows with just the iconic Fairline spear interrupting the unbroken run of glass.

The cockpit overhang is short with a sharp cutback that leads the eye to the descending curve of the deck superstructure. Pivoting in the channel with sun ricocheting off the glass and stainless detailing the boats looks sensational and it’s a design where the closer you look the more detail you pick up.

The railings along the top of the superstructure trace the roofline so as to avoid an unsightly clash and tucked below the kink in the hull windows is a stainless steel strip within which sits an illuminated Fairline emblem.

Read the full report in the November 2017 issue of MBY.